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KNU ‘satisfied’ with third cease-fire meeting

Chiang Mai (Mizzima)  – The third preliminary meeting between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the central government peacemaking delegation led by  Rail Transportation Minister Aung Min was held on Wednesday on the Thai-Burmese border. KNU officials said it was a frank and friendly meeting.

KNU Secretary Pado David Htaw said the talks centered on rules and agreements that would affect armed troops.

“We talked about the rules that both sides should obey,” he said. He said the KNU leaders would get reactions from “the leaders of our brigades. We’ll hear about the government’s offers and demands.”

”The meetings have great potential,” he said. “In comparison with not having meetings, if we negotiate with each other it will reduce suspicions and it will create a friendly atmosphere. We’re satisfied. We’ve become more familiar and frank.”

Both sides agreed to hold another meeting on January 12 at Hpaan in Karen State.
The KNU delegation included KNU Vice Chairman David Thackerbaw, KNU military chief General Mutu Saypo, Pado David Htaw, Pado Ah toe, Hpaan District chairman Saw Aung Maw Aye, Saw Roger Khin of the KNU health department and KNU central committee member Saw Thawthikho. The eight-member government delegation was led by Union Minister Aung Min and included mediators Dr. Nay Win Maung and Hla Maung Shwe.

Sources said government troops would shoulder the responsibility for the security of Karen leaders between Myawaddy and Hpaan for the next meeting.

The KNU and the government delegation met in late October and again on November 19.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 December 2011 10:23 )  

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